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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old May 6th, 05, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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front main seal???

Okay brought the camaro to school got it drivin nice and everythin, afterschool decided to take her around town for a cruise, after it started smokin a lil out the hood i decided to take her home and see what was leaking this time....

Well after cleaning tons of oil off the inside of my engine bay I realised the front main seal had kinda popped off, so i proiceed to rejoyce thuroughly that I had found the problem, and jamb a screwdriver in to pry the little bastard back in there, well after a few minutes i was about as frustrated as before because the thing will not just go in there right, its mostly in but theres a bit still cockeyed.

I read up a little here and it seems like i would need to take the front of the engine out just for that one damn seal, im sure its not bad since the motor only las about 150 miles on it so what should i do?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old May 7th, 05, 02:05 PM
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Re: front main seal???

You should bite the bullet and start taking things apart. There is no way to tell if the seal is good or bad without looking at it. Something is obviously wrong or the seal wouldn't have came out. Even if you did get it back in it still has the problem that let it come out in the first place.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old May 7th, 05, 08:43 PM
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Re: front main seal???

You don't happen to have a chrome timing cover by any chance do you? If so get rid of it, there's a knack to keeping the seal in place in these covers. Either way, you're going to be removing the cover. It's the only way for a fix!
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Re: front main seal???

i sure hope that knack is limited to roughing up the chrome surface and glueing the seal in, cause that's what i did.....





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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old May 7th, 05, 09:08 PM
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Re: front main seal???

Read my post in this thread about replacing the front cover seal while it's still bolted to the engine. The only thing I left out is that you have to remove the balancer. (duh)

https://www.camaros.net/forums/showth...ing+cover+seal

I'd definitely replace the seal. They only cost a few bucks.


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old May 8th, 05, 06:58 AM
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Re: front main seal???

While the balancer is off,,, look at the balancer snout,, if there are any groves, fix it by getting a repair sleeve and slip on , new seal and your are done. Autozone carries these.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old May 8th, 05, 06:33 PM
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Re: front main seal???

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i sure hope that knack is limited to roughing up the chrome surface and glueing the seal in, cause that's what i did.....
The "knack" that worked for me was carefully removing the chrome timing chain cover, setting it on my cement driveway and wailing on it with a 5 lb hammer until it looked like a pop can that was run over by a semi Then carefully installing a new Cloyes two piece set.

Seriously though, the chrome ones don't hold a seal very good -- roughing up the chrome might work, but the hole that the seal seats down into was warped on my old one and couldn't be helped. There is some sealant called Hylomar that works half-way decent when used between the outside of the seal and the timing chain cover you might give that a try if the timing chain cover is OK.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old May 9th, 05, 07:36 AM
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You are better off with the stock one painted up than using those cheap chrome ones

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